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Dec 12, 2012 9:00am EST
. akaka: madam president? the presiding officer: the the senator from hawaii. mr. akaka: madam president, i rise to give me remarks and my aloha to the united states senate. madam president, before i begin, i want to say that my good friend, my colleague of 36 years, my brother dan inouye, hawaii's senior senator, i wish him a speedy recovery and return to the senate. mr. president, i -- i mean, madam president, i rise today to say aloha to this institution. i have been honored to be a member of the united states senate for 22 years. it has been an incredible journey that i never imagined. as a senior in high school going to kamemha school for boys, which was noted as a military school, my life was changed for school. when i saw japanese fighter planes attacking pearl harbor. like most men in my generation, i joined the war effort. my path was forever altered. when the war ended, i believe i was suffering from ptsd. it was an act of congress that allowed me and the veterans of my generation, to build successful new kind of lives. congress passed the g.i. bill and i say with certainty tha
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Dec 11, 2012 8:00pm EST
policy with regard to those two. they are running out of time. the president is going off to hawaii shortly. it is not the time to go through complex policy issues because you will give them the short shrift. they should accept them. when the cr expires, that gives them the more hard times when things -- hard deadlines when issues need to be addressed. these are strongly agreed to by partisan issues, raise the retirement age for medicare. subsidiesof threducing and medicare by testing premiums, at a premium for part a. then there is further means testing that could be done in social security through a progressive indexing and things like that. those are the things that have been talked about around town. you could do a bill very quickly. does it need to be done in december? not if you extend all current policy. the important thing is that this makes a substantial down payment for long-term sustainability. to focus on 10 years, while important, it gets to those cash flow issues, it does not necessarily deliver the kinds of reforms that will be reducing our debt to gdp ratio and stabi
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